Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
HUSBAND'S WORK AT HOME! LESSONS IN
MATRIMONY FOR MEN NO. 3.
BY .WINONA WILCOX
Having established his wife in hjs
home and guaranteed its" expenses,
-what further part should a man have
'in its operation? '
Theoretically, a woman runs the
house alone, 4ut practically man
does a great deal more about the
house than he is ever given credit
Silence concerning the double
moral standard is not deeper than
that which "conceals the doubled
working standard for husbands and
wives. The woman pulls down the
shades when the husband wipes the
dishes. The man is so conventional
that the only household accomplish
ments to which he ever confesses are
making a rarebit and walking the
baby to sleep.
Man is- a creature with a homing
instinct. In early married life he
often finds it a new kind of sport to
fuss about the house under the or
ders of his superior officer. This
idyllic state glorifies many a middle
class flat "I love thee to the level
of every day's most quiet need, by
sun or candlelight"
Whether man "will continue to ap
ply poetry to the problems of the
home is decided by the character of
the woman in command. ' "
Some women are ' surprised and
grieved every morning of their lives
to find the same old household rou
tine facing them. In such a home
the work is never done, the wife is
always tired, there is work waiting
for a tired man every night and life
becomes sordid and vulgar.
Duplicate all the conditions except
the character of the wife, and the
home may be artistic, systematized
and a place of peace for a man to
hurry back to.
After all, the real test of a home is
a man's longing to stay in it ' This of
ings, not to wanderers by nature,
whom no home could ever keep.
In all analyses of marriage it is
commonly stated that more homes
are ruined through economic trou
bles than by any other cause.
Poverty never yet killed true love.
It is lack of character and a shirking
of burden which destroys homes, -whether
rich or poor.
Recently a very rich man, about
td take a train, stepped into the
serve-self; In the dark of the' morn
ing. There he met an old friend.
"You see it's too early for the wdm
en to . get my breakfast," he ex
plained with a sad smile.
"The women" were his wife, two
daughters and three maid servants.
And yet there was not enough con
science between the six of them to
provide coffee and toast at 4 a. m. for
the man who provided . the money
In hundreds of homes where the
Income is smajl the husband gets his
own breakfast regularly because "it
is too early for the wife to get up."
No man can go to his work cheer
fully with the bitter knowledge that
the woman he chose for a helpmate
is failing to fulfill her part of the
business Qf marriage.
Is it any wonder there is no pub
lic discussion of "the double work
ing standard" for husbands and
We see where two boys broke into
a freight car and stole 30 dozen of
eggs. Let's see now, 30 dozen at a
dollar apiece give 'em life!
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY )
Dec. 16, 1699. St Cosme's explorr
ing party left the Ohio river.
Corn-cob pipes go up in price. Ow
ing to a shortage in cobs, as Mr.
course applies to average human be-ntockefeller would explain.